Warning: Story contains coarse languagePete Rose does not think too highly of Joey Gallo. Major League Baseball's hit king recently expressed his feelings about the New York Yankees outfielder's all-or-nothing approach following the Bronx Bombers' recent playoff exit against the Boston Red Sox."That was the worst f------ lineup they could have put on the field," Rose told USA Today's Bob Nightengale, according to NESN. "Their 6,7,8,9 hitters were all out-men. They had to have (Aaron) Judge and (Giancarlo) Stanton do something. If they didn't, all of the pressure was on Joey Gallo. You saw how that worked out."How does someone who didn't play every day strike out 213 times?" Rose added about Gallo. "Ray Charles wouldn't strike out that much. I just can't imagine striking out 213 times without killing myself."New York started Brett Gardner, Gio Urshela, Kyle Higashioka, and Andrew Velazquez as its six through nine hitters against Boston in the AL wild-card game. The foursome's performance provided some credibility to what Rose had to say, as they went a combined 1-9 in the contest.As for Gallo, his 213 strikeouts did come in an everyday role, with the two-time All-Star appearing in 153 games this season for the Yankees and Texas Rangers. However, 88 of those strikeouts came in just 58 games with New York, leading to a 38.6% strikeout rate - the second-highest mark in the majors from July 29 to Oct. 3. Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
No matter which way you slice it, the 2021 season will go down as a colossal disappointment for the New York Yankees after a wild-card loss to the Boston Red Sox, their fiercest rivals.A franchise traditionally synonymous with winning, the Yankees haven't appeared in a World Series since they last won the Fall Classic in 2009.We've identified six key questions that general manager Brian Cashman and Co. need to address this winter.Will the Yankees extend Judge? New York Yankees / Getty Images Sport / GettyFor all of the Yankees' disappointments and shortcomings, Aaron Judge is not among them. The 29-year-old was the lineup's heartbeat throughout the 2021 season. He hit .287/.373/.544 with 39 home runs while playing in 148 games - the most since he played 155 in 2017 en route to winning AL Rookie of the Year.He's a free agent after 2022, and while he said he wants to be a "Yankee for life" after Tuesday's loss, he added that it's out of his hands. While trading Judge - either in the offseason or at next year's trade deadline - would net a massive haul if the Yankees decide to retool, such a move could cause revolt within the fan base and the remaining roster.But should the Yankees heavily invest in Judge? There's some cause for concern: Despite being healthy throughout 2021, he's missed significant time due to injury every season between 2017 and now, and he turns 30 next April. Judge is the face of the franchise, though, and he's more than earned a big payday to stick around.Is Boone finished? Winslow Townson / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe Yankees hired Aaron Boone as Joe Girardi's successor after the 2017 campaign. In his four seasons, New York has gone 328-218 (including a pair of 100-win campaigns) with one division title and four consecutive trips to the postseason. For most franchises, that level of success would be enough for a lifetime appointment. Expectations are different in the Bronx, however, where the Yankees' longest championship drought was between their 1978 and 1996 titles.This team is built to win, and Boone himself suggested that his future with the club may be up in the air. With the likes of Buck Showalter, Bruce Bochy, Ron Washington, and other experienced managers presumably available this winter - and plenty of competition for their services - the Yankees may take this opportunity to make a change.Will they make a big splash at shortstop? Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / GettyNow that Gleyber Torres seems to have permanently shifted to second base, the Yankees' big addition this winter could be at shortstop. The free-agent class is booming with talent as Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Trevor Story all hit the open market.That's not to discredit the yeoman's work of Gio Urshela, who played 28 games at short this season with DJ LeMahieu moving over to third and Torres at the keystone. But as good as Urshela has been, adding a multi-time All-Star at the position would make a statement that suits the Yankees' stature. If they do, perhaps they'll make Torres available on the trade market - or dangle Urshela, who should draw substantial interest.What will the rotation look like? Winslow Townson / Getty Images Sport / GettyGerrit Cole is a convenient scapegoat for the premature finish to the Yankees' season after he recorded only six outs and allowed three earned runs in the wild-card game. The Yankees don't sniff the postseason without Cole, who went 16-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 30 starts; still, the $324-million man was signed to show up on the big stage, and he didn't answer the call.Luis Severino worked in relief in his return from Tommy John but should be back at full strength by Opening Day, offering an internal upgrade to the rotation. Jameson Taillon, who's under team control for another year, showed flashes of brilliance - particularly in July and September - but his durability is a major question mark. Corey Kluber is another injury risk and he's a free agent.The Yankees could bring Kluber back or they could set their sights on a bigger name. Robbie Ray - Cole's chief competitor in the Cy Young race - will be available, as will Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodon, and a host of other arms.How do they navigate the post-2022 exodus? Mike Stobe / Getty Images Sport / GettyThis offseason's potential roster churn pales in comparison to what may be coming after the 2022 campaign, when the following players could all hit free agency: Aaron Judge Aroldis Chapman Joey Gallo Gary Sanchez Luis Severino ($15M team option for 2023) Jameson Taillon Zack Britton Brett Gardner ($2.3M team option for 2022) The Yankees will almost certainly pick up Severino's option, and he's a top priority as an extension candidate. Gallo struggled after being acquired from Texas, and between that and a potentially healthy Aaron Hicks (under contract through 2026), New York may not keep the former Ranger beyond next year.Chapman is most the intriguing case after Judge because 2021 was the most uneven season of his career. He posted a 3.36 ERA, and while the strikeouts were there (15.5 K/9), he also issued free passes at his worst clip since 2011, walking 40 batters in 56 1/3 innings (6.1 BB/9).What will they do with Voit? Michael Owens / Getty Images Sport / GettyNothing went right for Luke Voit in 2021. He opened and closed the season on the IL with knee issues, and when he was healthy, he had trouble finding consistency at the plate. It was a huge step back after Voit led the AL with 22 home runs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.He also expressed frustration after the Yankees acquired fellow first baseman Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline. Rizzo and Gallo were brought in to provide some left-handed depth, but it apparently didn't sit right with Voit.With Rizzo a free agent, Voit appears set to open next season as the Yankees' primary option at first, but the club was shopping him, and the versatile LeMahieu could slide over from third if Voit is moved.Voit's trade value may be at a low point following his injuries, however, and his power potential might be enough to convince the Yankees to move forward with him. He's also under team control through the 2024 season, so he could help the franchise weather the free-agency storm ahead of 2023.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Before you get angry, remember, this is only a video game simulation. With the AL wild-card game getting underway Tuesday, we decided to simulate the postseason on MLB The Show to get a taste of what could happen. We ran a sim in 2019, and the Rays won it all. If you read the headline, you already know they couldn't do it again. Here's how it all went down.Note: Injured players were removed from postseason rosters.AL wild-card game Team R H E Yankees 6 14 0 Red Sox 1 10 0 The Yankees advance past their bitter rivals using a five-run outburst in the 10th inning. Gerrit Cole strikes out 10 over 7 1/3 innings, while Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each drive in a pair.NL wild-card game Team R H E Cardinals 6 12 1 Dodgers 5 13 0 There will be no repeat. The hottest team in baseball knocks off the 106-win Dodgers. Max Scherzer strikes out 12 batters over six innings, but the bullpen crumbles in the seventh, allowing four runs. Nolan Arenado homers twice.ALDS: Yankees vs. Rays Game Away Home Result 1 Yankees Rays 7-6 TB 2 Yankees Rays 4-2 TB 3 Rays Yankees 7-4 TB A sweep! Tampa Bay dominates New York to advance to the ALCS for a second straight season. Brandon Lowe continues to terrorize the Yankees, homering twice. Giancarlo Stanton goes just 3-for-17 (.176) with no homers and five strikeouts.ALDS: White Sox vs. Astros Game Away Home Result 1 White Sox Astros 7-6 HOU 2 White Sox Astros 4-2 HOU 3 Astros White Sox 5-0 CWS 4 Astros White Sox 2-0 CWS 5 White Sox Astros 3-0 HOU This is a weird one. Houston takes the first two games of the series but almost blows it after getting shut out in back-to-back contests in Chicago. Alex Bregman's two-RBI double in Game 5 propels Houston to a fifth consecutive ALCS appearance and a rematch of last year's clash with the Rays.NLDS: Braves vs. Brewers Game Away Home Result 1 Braves Brewers 4-2 MIL 2 Braves Brewers 6-1 ATL 3 Brewers Braves 3-2 ATL 4 Brewers Braves 7-3 ATL Atlanta takes down Milwaukee in five games in what is the biggest surprise of the division series. The Braves hit just four homers, but their pitching staff limits the Brewers to only six runs in the final three contests.NLDS: Cardinals vs. Giants Game Away Home Result 1 Cardinals Giants 4-1 SF 2 Cardinals Giants 11-4 STL 3 Giants Cardinals 9-2 SF 4 Giants Cardinals 4-2 SF The winningest team in the regular season continues its stellar play as the Giants make easy work of the Cardinals. Mike Yastrzemski and Evan Longoria combine for five home runs and 13 RBIs.ALCS: Astros vs. Rays Game Away Home Result 1 Astros Rays 7-5 TB 2 Astros Rays 2-0 HOU 3 Rays Astros 2-0 HOU 4 Rays Astros 9-4 HOU 5 Rays Astros 8-6 HOU Everyone's favorite villains (outside of Houston) are returning to the World Series. After dropping Game 1, the Astros rattle off four straight wins to get some revenge on Tampa Bay following last year's ALCS loss. Jose Altuve takes home ALCS MVP after homering four times.NLCS: Braves vs. Giants Game Away Home Result 1 Braves Giants 11-6 ATL 2 Braves Giants 8-6 ATL 3 Giants Braves 8-7 SF 4 Giants Braves 8-2 ATL 5 Giants Braves 4-3 ATL The Braves are off to the World Series for the first time since 1999. Despite losing Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Marcell Ozuna at different points in the season, Atlanta manages to beat the 107-win Giants. Considering San Francisco only seems to win World Series in even-numbered years, we should have predicted this would happen. Austin Riley is your NLCS MVP with three homers and 10 RBIs.World Series: Braves vs. Astros Game Away Home Result 1 Braves Astros 10-4 ATL 2 Braves Astros 6-3 ATL 3 Astros Braves 6-1 HOU 4 Astros Braves 5-2 HOU 5 Astros Braves 9-4 ATL 6 Braves Astros 4-1 HOU 7 Braves Astros 3-2 ATL The playoff team with the fewest wins during the regular season wins the championship. It's just the fourth World Series title for Atlanta in its long history and first since 1995. Midseason acquisition Adam Duvall takes home MVP honors, homering three times and driving in 12, including all three runs in Game 7. Meanwhile, the Astros lose for a second time in three World Series, with both defeats coming in Game 7.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
In this Yankees vs Rays post game interview, veteran OF Brett Gardner had no answers for the team's inconsistency throughout the season especially coming off a strong road trip but said, 'It kind of makes sense that it would come down to the last day, that seems about right'.
The Yankees roller coaster season continued as the Rays' Brandon Lowe smashed a pair of three-run homers in a 12-2 rout of New York. The Bombers now face a must win game in Sunday's season finale or miss the postseason entirely. Starter Jordan Montgomery, so solid all season long, picked the wrong time to allow 7 runs, failing to make it out of the 3rd inning. Veteran OF Brett Gardner had no answers for the team's inconsistency throughout the season especially coming off a strong road trip but said, 'It kind of makes sense that it would come down to the last day, that seems about right'.